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My outside metal outlet cover shocks me when I open the door flap to plug something in. On the same circuit is a mini ice maker and the metal bar inside also shoked me when I touched it. What should I do?

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    No, plugging in a lamp is not a test when being shocked ! the ground is live, meaning the neutral is hot! this means polarity is reversed and bootlegged ground by jumping neutral and ground on the outlet! A very dangerous condition that a circuit analyzer will miss and a light will still work too! but anybody plug in a trouble light with a metal cover and go crawl on the moist soil and touch the metal covering thats hot and dead!

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Yes exactly, a 2 wire circuit has no ground/3rd wire, this is an escape ramp for power to choose over us! if its not there and a bootleg ground was made jumping neutral to ground , reversed polarity or a device plugged in reverse wired will make the ground hot! deadly condition and easily missed.
You need to reference from a true ground and or use the non contact type voltage testers.

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Hello
Turn off the breaker to that circut at main panel box.You can test if off by plugging in a lamp.
Either you have a bad receptacle or a bad ground somwhere on that circut.

There is also something called a floating neutral wire,which is a bad connection at a receptacle.

If your unfamilir with electric then please call an electrician to check out this problem,but i would not run or use anything on this circut until it is repaired.

Posted on Apr 08, 2011

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If its an old 2wire service to the outlet have it checked,by law now its supposed to be a G.F.C.I. outlet installed anywhere outdoors,if it is get it replaced,depending how it was installed it may have one of the conductors bare wire touching the metal skin on the outlet box,a G.F.C.I. if properly working should trip its internal breaker,if it doesn't then its defective

Posted on Apr 08, 2011

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